Brickworks will be fired up

Take a train ride at Bursledon Brickworks, Swanwick.
Take a train ride at Bursledon Brickworks, Swanwick.
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Bursledon Brickworks, Swanwick, has its monthly gala event on Sunday from 11am-4pm.

The August gala will commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War and also heralds the museum’s re-launch.

At the event the venue will be showcasing the changes made to the museum carried out as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant it received last year.

An array of period vehicles will be on display and visitors will be able to question members of staff on site.

All of the machinery and vehicles will be steamed up and miniature trains will be running for you to ride on.

Live music will be featured at the event and there will be lots of family-friendly activities.

Traditional Victorian fancy dress is also encouraged.

One of the highlights at the museum is watching bricks being made and being transferred to the kiln block that was used to fire them before collection.

It is the only remaining steam-driven brickworks in the country and visitors will also have the opportunity to have a go at making a brick.

There are also other clay-based activities on site and there will even be an opportunity to make a chimney.

You will be taken through brick-making displays which range from producing them by hand to the introduction of machinery and mass production.

Upstairs, the museum will display a variety of craft stalls and exhibits, including art work and photographs.

There you will be able to learn about the history of the Victorian brickworks.

Burseldon Brickworks was built in 1897 when just a handful of bricks were made each year.

Just two decades later the brickworks was producing up to 20 million bricks a year.

The site also shares its grounds with two partner organisations, Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust and the South Hampshire Steam and Historic Engineering society.

Both of these extras add to the authentic feel and provide even more family activities to take part in.

The gala event will run this Sunday from 11am-4pm.

Admission is £5 for adults, £3 for children or £12 for a family ticket.